Did you have to stop working earlier than planned because of Parkinson’s? Were you able to take early retirement or claim long-term disability insurance? Did you encounter any problems or barriers in this process? Do you have any advice for other people with Parkinson’s who may be considering this decision as well?
I retired early at the age of 60. I was still able to perform my work well, but was finding the physical reaction to stress to be troubling, and I did not wish to demonstrate a decline in my work quality at some time in the near future. In other words, I wanted to go out at the top of my game. I also wanted to enjoy the best possible years of retirement before my symptoms advanced (wasn’t planning on COVID!). My father, who developed PD at the same age as me, chose to work to 63, and in my judgement he cheated himself out of some good retirement time. I did not even investigate the possibility of tapping into long term disability insurance, as I believed this scenario would not qualify. I live in Ontario, Canada.
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